Increase in immigration; right wing activities and incidents of xenophobia.
Fostering integration by political means; awareness raising campaigns and actions, promoting ICD related civil society activities
Authority for all policies and implementation measures of public interest. The government runs several departments (the relevant ones to be found below), which cooperate with the respective Offices in charge of administration and implementation work. Preparing the ground on issues related to intercultural dialogue in Liechtenstein is, according to the government, also a crucial function of the three political parties in Liechtenstein, which address such issues in their programmes.
Office of Equal Opportunity
Initiated the establishment of a Task Force on Integration (2006), including representatives of the foreigners' association and the associations and working groups that deal with the topic of integration. In the same year the Government mandated a working group to elaborate legislation on the integration of foreigners.
Awareness raising campaigns, e.g. by participation in the "European Year of Equal Opportunity" (2007) and in the European campaign "all different - all equal" with various events throughout 2006.
CIVIL SOCIETY (EX):
NGO group Migration - Integration (NGO Arbeitsgruppe Integration)
Members of this NGO initiative are: Parents-Children Forum (Eltern Kind Forum), Protestant Church of the Principality of Liechtenstein, Information and Contact Point for Women (infra), NGO Justitia et Pax, Association for Intercultural Education).
EX: In July 2007, presentation of a study entitled ‘Migration and Integration: History - Problems - Perspectives', providing information on the problems and possible courses of action with regard to a better integration of persons and groups of different cultural backgrounds in Liechtenstein http://www.liechtenstein-institut.li/Portals/11/pdf/politikwissenschaft/LIAP_08_Integration_Marxer.pdf
Acting under the responsibility of the Government of Liechtenstein:
Department for Cultural Affairs (Stabsstelle für Kulturfragen - SKF)
EX: Financial support of the intercultural festival of the Turkish Women's Association ‘Hi Turkey - Merhaba Liechtenstein'
Implementation body under the Department for Education of the Government:
Office for School Affairs (Schulamt)
Information about the office's services are also available in several foreign languages, e.g. Turkish and Portuguese.
Dealing with different cultures, traditions, religions, and value systems is an integral part of the curriculum in Liechtenstein schools. Each year, every school offers numerous projects on topics including tolerance, xenophobia, violence, etc.
Liechtenstein University of Applied Sciences
with Children's University (Kinder-Uni)
The latter was founded in 2005 as a joint project of the Liechtenstein University with aha-Tipps und Infos für Junge Leute.
In April 2007, it started the accompanying programme for parents (Begleitprogramm - Bepo) with lectures on topics of equal opportunity, the promotion of tolerance for people of a different background, gender, religion, or with disabilities.
Association for Intercultural Education (Verein für interkulturelle Bildung - ViB)
Founded in 2001 on the initiative of the Office of Social Affairs and financed by the State, it concentrates on the integration of foreign-language speakers. Organises also the International Women's Café, presenting a platform for dialogue for native and migrant women and promoting intercultural exchange through cultural events, lectures, workshops, excursions and other activities.
EX: Project ‘Mother-Child German', a German course for the target group of foreign-language mothers with small children, which is otherwise difficult to reach, allowing small children to come along.
Foundation for Adult Education (Stiftung für Erwachsenenbildung)
Implementation body under the structure of the Department for Family Affairs and Equal Opportunities and of the Government:
Office for School Affairs (Schulamt)
Also in charge of Children and Youth.
EX of public action:
Under the structure of the Department for Sport of the Government:
Agency for Sport (Dienststelle für Sport)
Promoting easy access to sports clubs.
Working under the auspices of the Government:
Office of Social Affairs (Amt für Soziale Dienste der Landesverwaltung Liechtenstein)
Supports various foreigners' associations in implementing concrete projects through organization and facilitation work, provision of information, infrastructure, and financial assistance.
EX: In the framework of the European Year of Equal Opportunity (2007), a press campaign entitled "At Home in Liechtenstein" has been launched, which profiles foreigners and natives, aiming at a better mutual understanding between both groups.
Civil Society (EX):
European Institute on Intercultural and Interreligious Research (Europäisches Institut für interkulturelle und interreligiöse Forschung)
Preparation, implementation and evaluation of research projects in the respective fields, especially in the framework of European integration. International symposium on Competitiveness through Cultural Diversity in September 2007 ("Wettbewerbsvorteil durch kulturelle Vielfalt?").
Information and Contact Unit for Women (infra)
EX: Brochure ‘Welcome to Liechtenstein - Information for Migrants' in several languages, which is also distributed in health centres http://www.bildung.cabanova.de/assets/download/englisch.pdf
International Academy for Philosophy (IAP) in the Principality of Liechtenstein
Regards itself as "a university that wants to make a contribution to intellectual renewal and to overcoming the mental world crisis." Its professors and students come from five continents and more than 30 different nations, including Australia, Chile, China, Ghana, Greece, India, Luxembourg and Mexico.
EX: Based mainly on philosophical and inter-religious research, the IAP has published "Peace and Inter-cultural Dialogue", edited by Prince Nikolaus von und zu Liechtenstein and Cheikh Mbacké Gueye (2005).